"The 1988's deep ruby/purple color exhibits more opaqueness and depth than the 1989. The spicy, mineral and cassis-scented bouquet has more focus and dimension. In the mouth, there is an elevated level of tannins, in keeping with the style of the 1988 vintage, but unlike many 1988s, this wine possesses excellent, even outstanding concentration, plenty of length, and a sense that the yields were kept conservative, as there is an inner strength and depth that suggests this wine will ultimately outperform and outlive the 1989."
89 points, Robert Parker
Chateau Canon is located in Saint-Emilion, on the right bank of the Gironde River.
In 1760, Jacques Kanon, a Bordeaux lieutenant frigate and corsair, bought the Saint Martin vineyard on top of the finest slope in Saint Emilion. In 1770, the estate was acquired by Raymond Fontemoing, a major Libourne wine shipper. Later in 1919, the property was purchased by Monsieur and Madame Fournier who invested significantly in this estate.
In 1996, Chateau Canon was acquired by Chanel Inc. which is undertaking the renovation of the vineyard and buildings.
Canon is famous for its power, finesse and exceptional ageing potential, thanks to its unique soil.
“From the revolutionary precursor to the refined architect, from the aesthetic perfectionist to the genius inventor, Chateau Canon has asserted its quality as a great wine that is recognised, reputed and distinguished as a Premier Grand Cru Classe.” -- Chateau Canon.